The tea ceremony ceases to be pleasant when you find a film of gray flakes on the surface of a tart beverage. We have found 5 ways to descale your kettle to help you get rid of this scourge.
Method number 1 - citric acid
Pour a bag of citric acid (50 g) into the kettle and add as much water as possible. Bring the mixture to a boil. Turn off the kettle and wait for the scale to soak slightly. Boil the water again and drain. Use a washcloth to remove any residual plaque from the walls of the dishes.
This cleaning method can be used regularly for ordinary kettles, but not more often than once a month for electric kettles. The fact is that citric acid interacts with non-ferrous metals of the heating element, causing its gradual destruction.
Method number 2 - carbonated drinks
Carbonated drinks contain orthophosphoric acid, which can remove old scale no less effectively than its lemon "sister"... And numerous photos on the Internet are proof of this.
The cleaning scheme is simple. Fill the kettle with any soda (Sprite, Fanta, or Coke) and boil. If the lime layer is very thick, let the kettle soak for 3-5 hours. Then drain the liquid and remove the remaining plaque with a washcloth.
Method # 3 - 70% acetic acid
Pour water into the kettle and add acetic acid (at the rate of 5 tablespoons per 2 liters of water). Heat the mixture to 70-80 ° C. Leave to soak for 5-8 hours. Drain the liquid, rinse the kettle thoroughly, and then boil clean water in it (preferably 2-3 times, until the pungent smell disappears).
If you decide to descale with vinegar, be careful. Try not to bring the solution to a boil. Acetic acid fumes can irritate the respiratory tract mucosa.
Method number 4 - soda
Prepare a solution of 2 tbsp. l. baking soda and 2 liters of water. Boil it for 10-20 minutes, then drain.
Some housewives practice an even faster method: generously sprinkle soda on a sponge and "dry" scrape off the scale with it. The result is usually just as good. But such a rough cleaning has a significant drawback: soda can scratch the bottom and walls of the kettle. And on a rough surface, limescale will be deposited several times more intensively.
Method number 5 - special means for descaling ("antiscale")
In hardware stores, there is a wide range of products designed specifically for descaling. Many of them do not even require boiling: just pour water into the kettle, add the amount of "decalcifier" indicated in the instructions and leave the mixture for several hours.
To descale the kettle, use a product that contains corrosion inhibitors. These reagents will protect the heating element from damage and extend the life of the device.